Entering his 16th season in the majors, Seanez was released by the Dodgers last week after posting a 6-3 mark with a 3.79 ERA last season in Los Angeles. Seanez holds a career ERA of 4.15.
The Phillies bullpen was tagged for seven earned runs in four innings in an 11-6 loss to Washington on Monday. General manager Pat Gillick has been searching to add arms, primarily a left-hander, but could only find the right-handed Seanez; for now.
It's likely that either Wes Helms or pitcher Tim Lahey will be moved to make room for Seanez on the roster. The other will probably only last until Brad Lidge is activated from the DL, which is expected to happen on Saturday. The Phillies have tried, without luck, to deal Helms since signing Pedro Feliz as a free agent. Lahey is a Rule 5 player who must stay on the roster all season, or the Phillies risk losing him.
After his physical, Seanez will be officially signed and should be on the roster for Wednesday night's game against the Washington Nationals.
Rudy Seanez career stops: Cleveland (1989-1991), San Diego (1993), LA Dodgers (1994-1996), Atlanta (1998-2001), Texas (2002), Boston (2003), Kansas City and Florida (2004), San Diego (2005-2006), Boston (2006), LA Dodgers (2007), Philadelphia (2008)